Monday, April 30, 2007

Jaws

Flaws aside, Spielberg’s masterpiece is, I believe, a rather important and uniquely American work of art. The idea of a small-town flatfoot realizing that his duty requires him to step on a boat and head off to sea is a metaphor that not only resonated with WWII veterans in the 70s, but still resonates today with anyone who’s had to leave the comforts of home to go confront a threat. Also, with its entire story circling down to that amazing moment when the grizzled old seadog Quint has gotten a look at the beast he’s going to be confronting and decides to unpack and assemble a fearsome harpoon, the film strongly echoes Melville, as well as all the other literature and art that’s been inspired by America’s centuries-long quest to tame the Atlantic ocean. This is one of our touchstone movies that won’t go out of style until people have lost their fear of sharks, the ocean, drowning and the unknown in general—in other words, never.” Ryan Stewart, Cinematical. In context of a review of a new documentary on Jaws titled The Shark is Still Working.

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I agree with your assessment 100%. It is a classic that still resonates with us today. I would aslo agree that spending time on looking at the sequels and that whole process would be fascinating, as you say it would be like watching a car crash not being able to look away. Still a quality Documentary and one I hope gets picked up for distribution!

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Isn’t it amazing that a movie this good can come from a book that is such profound drivel? A testimony to the genius that is Spielberg.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 18 Jun 07 at 08:18 AM

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